"Sheltering the Creative Spirit"
Taos, New Mexico USA
Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.
Introduction by John Nizalowski
My Not So Distant Doppelganger
Mary Ann Torrence
“Isn’t This Just the Life?”
José R. Maríinez
El Abuelo of Hispanic Literary Characters
Poetry in the Aspens
Reflections from a Dusty Road:
Frank Waters, Time, and the Indians
Frank Waters, the Man Who Rekindled the Inner Light
Thomas L. Lyon
Frank Waters: Beginning Questions
Frank Waters: The Unmet Friend
Frank Waters’ Collected Works:
Discoveries Since Tanner
Myth-Consciousness in Frank Waters
The Mythology of the Planet
Frank Waters and the Land
Remembering One Hundred Years
Passion, Obsession, and Enlightenment in the
Frank Waters’ The Yogi of Cockroach Court
The Lizard Woman
Linda Lizut Helstern
Mixedbloods: Stereotypes and Inversion in The
Yogi of Cockroach Court
A Canadian Experience with Frank Waters; Student
On One End of the Log, Teacher on the Other
Frank Waters’ Ecofeminist Sensibility
R. Gray Kampfe
Here’s to You, Frank
Mystery and Growing Myths Surrounding a
Adapting to Adaptation:
The Woman Otowi Crossing as Screenplay
Journey to the World Mountain:
Frank Waters’ The Woman at Otowi Crossing
And Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge
Frank Waters the Man: A Chance Meeting
Deloria, Jr., Golden, Colorado
Anniversaries often remind us of our
mortality. Can it have been this
many years? What is there left now
to do in the time remaining? Too
often such celebrations are packed with dignitaries who extol the virtues of the
man or occasion and instruct us on little things we might have missed.
We feel unworthy that we did not pay closer attention, but there is
nothing to do except make resolutions to do better and, perhaps someday, reach
the exalted status of the dignitary.
The centennial celebration of the
life of Frank Waters did not fall into this pattern. Dignitaries galore there
were, but on closer examination they were friends of Frank who felt confident
that somewhere in the shadows of the mountains he was listening, ready to engage
us in further discussion over what he really meant and how he appreciated the
warmth of the memories we were recalling. There
were seniors who once drank with him in local bars and teenagers who knew him
only by reputation from readings in American Studies and literature classes.
But neither longevity nor youth inhibited people from meeting each other,
discussing their favorite books or passages, and sharing while creating new
The setting was perfect.
Adjacent to the porch of the Mabel Dodge Luhan house, a place where Frank
must have spent countless hours with some of the older participants, there was
an authenticity that could not have been achieved elsewhere.
The final barbeque picnic at Frank and Barbara’s home was more crowded
than at the Luhan house because we were joined by many local people who could
not attend the sessions but who felt so much at home that they had no hesitation
in joining the closing event of the weekend.
Between sessions, side trips to the plaza only enhanced our appreciation
of the man as we realized it was this setting that enveloped him as he sat, day
after day, capturing the essence of the Southwest in his typewriter. No matter where we went, what we saw, or how we responded to
the area, we could not exhaust the feeling that here was a place which had made
the man while the man was giving the time and place an immortality it richly
The presentations included in this
book range from intimate to technical. Taken
together at the centennial, they gave us a new picture of Frank–not the
writer, or even the person, but what he did to enrich our lives.
It was a nice, fuzzy feeling that lingers yet in our memories.
There was, to be sure, enough humor to keep our hearts light; and one
could imagine Frank, a twinkle in his eyes, absorbing the puns and jests while
planning his response, thereby lifting the discussion to even greater heights.
So much good cheer, so much appreciation, so much a sense of the
permanency of the human spirit.
The selections in this book cover so
much of Frank; yet they fall short of the actual emotion felt by everyone that
this gathering was more than a centennial celebration. It was as if we were all engaged in a dramatic presentation
of a life fully lived, and our task later would be to build on what we had been
given this weekend to enrich our own lives.
We departed reluctantly because we also knew that the magic spell would
be broken and never again would we share the pure delight of the fellowship this
centennial had given us. As we left
for home, we came to understand that this gathering had made us better people
through the outpouring of ourselves in an uninhibited expression of joy felt
aroused by these multi-faceted reminiscences of a life so well lived.
of poetry, folklore, novels; regarded as father of modern Hispanic
psychology professor, Arizona State; Environmental Stress Dept. Director,
Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda; owner, Moby Dickens Bookshop,
Taos; nonfiction author.
Professor emeritus of English, University of Colorado, Colorado
Springs; founding editor Writers’ Forum; author of fiction and
nonfiction; literary critic.
professor emerita, Wittenberg University; author of three poetry books, 600
Singer; songwriter; guitarist; Taos music teacher; editor,
annotator In the Shadow of Los Alamos:
Selected Writings of Edith Warner; Frank Waters Foundation creative writing
Former careers in management, librarianship; national park
ranger; journal writer; IONS
member; interests: natural history, earth’s environment, spiritual truths
revealed through living.
of Face of an Angel and Loving
Pedro Infante; English teacher, New
Practicing radiologist; former bank director; former owner
Copeland-Rutherford Fine Arts Gallery,
Santa Fe; Otowi screenplay completed.
Colorado environmentalist; writer, with essays in Weber
Studies, South Dakota Review, and read on radio station KRZA,
Alamosa; book-in-progress, essays about upper Rio Grande region.
Indian; former executive director of National Congress of American
adjunct professor of religion at University of Puget Sound; ordained
emeritus, Colorado College; former director of C.C. Southwest Studies; author.
Former administrator, Southern Illinois University; English
teacher, University of Texas-Pan American; papers, essays, poetry widely
presented and published; received dissertation leading award.
fiction and nonfiction, mainly fictional mysteries dealing with Navajo
bookman; author of Custer High Spots: A
Guide, Collecting Taos Authors,
LYON: Critic; author;
editor, professor emeritus, Utah State University; former editor Western
University of Colorado, Boulder; fiction writer; columnist; fiction
fiction and nonfiction; photographer; screenwriter; former University of
Lecturer in composition, creative writing, comparative mythology,
Mesa State College, Grand Junction, Colorado; author, articles, multi-genre book
Hooking the Sun; biography-in-progress.
Assistant professor of speech communication, Western Oregon
University; Ph.D.; teaching, research,
and writing areas include rhetoric, intercultural and environmental
communication, social justice.
Freelance photographer, commercial and fine art; advertising,
Tucson sculptor; painter; printmaker; naturalist; treasurer, vice
president, Frank Waters Foundation.
North Carolina singer; guitarist; songwriter; recording studio
owner; CD release Serve Love;
raised in Seminole Indian village.
Former owner, teacher, Athena Montessori School, Austin;
Department of Human Resources recognition as “A Friend of Texas;” Frank
Waters Foundation vice president; former piano teacher, accompanist.
Waters’ widow; former English teacher; psychotherapist; journalist; author, Celebrating
the Coyote; editor; president, Frank Waters Foundation.
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